The one wine in this outstanding cellar which receives 100% barrel fermentation and maturation. The weight of fruit for this powerfully structured Grand Cru certainly supports it. Rich creamy fruit, with subtle lime fruit flavours. This is hugely stylish and very complex indeed.
Here the expressive and ripe but cool nose offers up plenty of Chablis character in the form of sea breeze and oyster shell along with ample amounts of the typical floral and mineral reduction notes. There is good richness but also plenty of verve to the almost racy broad-shouldered flavors that possess good power and plenty of finishing punch on the mouth coating finale. This is also a remarkably good effort that is ever-so-slightly longer than the Preuses but a bit less complex. Drink 2019+
Some transparency and life on the nose even if less dense than the Jean-Paul Droin Clos. Some ripe fruit in evidence but no shortage of acidity. Very fine. Already some persistence. 13.5%. Drink 2015-2022
Bernard Billaud sold his estate to the Cote d’Or’s largest landowner, Maison Faiveley, in 2014 and it is heartening to see this famous Nuits St Georges house both maintaining and driving the quality ideals of this great Chablis estate ever further forward. This substantial domaine of 17 hectares comprises exceptional vineyard sites including four premiers crus and four grands crus. Mature vineyards and minimal use of oak produce crisp and driven wines which are delicious in youth and fabulous with some age. The individual terroirs always shine through.
Chablis is world famous for its fine white wines produced from the Chardonnay grape. The best vineyards are perched above the winding Serein river and are south or southwest facing ensuring better ripeness in this cooler climate. It has four appellation levels. Petit Chablis is the most modest and simple followed by Chablis, which is the largest and most prominent. Premier cru Chablis is the third largest appellation and encompasses almost 40 different climats or vineyards including the famed Montée de Tonnerre, Fourchaumes and Mont de Milieu. The most noble of all Chablis are the grand crus of which there are 7 climats in total Bougros, Les Preuses, Vaudésir, Grenouilles, Valmur, Les Clos and Blanchot. The wines of Chablis have remained some of the best value in the world, particularly their superb grand crus which can easily cost 50% less than its closest revered white grand cru neighbour, Corton Charlemagne.